How Do You Get Up the Next Day and “Do Life”?

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How Do You Get Up the Next Day and “Do Life”?

How Do You Get Up the Next Day and “Do Life”?

Picture This: The Prodigal Son’s Dad on Social Media The Biblical account of the prodigal son doesn’t mention how the father occupied his time after his son left home.  Let’s envision what might happen in our current times.  Can you imagine it – the prodigal son’s dad on Facebook or Instagram (aka instantgram)? In today’s world, would the prodigal father of Luke’s account post selfies and display himself publicly  in his devastation, misery, loneliness, betrayal, and fear?  I think not.  The grief of a prodigal is such a private matter that I can’t imagine putting it “out there” for all

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The Best Remedy: Live Your Life!

The Best Remedy: Live Your Life!

If you are the parent of a prodigal, one of the best things you can do is to live your life.  Meanwhile, God will bring you peace regarding your prodigal. A former prodigal shared that tidbit of information with us as we were waiting and watching for a sign that our prodigal was turning back to us.  Our friend said, “If your child is at all paying attention to your life in their absence, they’ll notice.”  Continuing on “as usual” sends the message to your prodigal that they are missing out.  Life is marching on, and you are living it.

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Who is the Fixer Embracer at Your House? You or Him?

Who is the Fixer Embracer at Your House?  You or Him?

No two people are alike.  God heals our broken hearts and bandages our wounds differently from others.  Whether male or female, it’s difficult to manage pain and loss of a trial while drudging through the otherwise “normal” days of life.  We need not expect our journey to be the same as the journey of our Mr Embracer.  REALIZING YOUR DIFFERENCES: The Emotional Mess – We women are known as the emotional creatures, so it’s no surprise that we are often a crying heap.  But, when things are anything but normal, you may find your Mr. Embracer to be an emotional

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Navigating the Advice of Others

Navigating the Advice of Others

In a trial of any kind, you’ll get all sorts of advice.  Others think they know what you’re going through.  But they don’t. Friends want to help you.  They really do, and they think they’re being helpful.  People have the best intentions.  But, sometimes they give advice based on what they think or feel and not according to what God says about it. When in our prodigal season, close family members advised us in opposite directions from what God was saying to us.  People think the prodigal son story gives us all the answers. Let them go.  Like the prodigal,

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A Freebie For Parents of Prodigals (and Their Praying Friends)

A Freebie For Parents of Prodigals (and Their Praying Friends)

Parents of a prodigal need major prayer support.  If you have a friend with a prodigal, praying scripture is a quiet and meaningful way to minister to them.  And, you can do it from the comfort of your own home – from your own comfy chair or sofa. When our child left as a prodigal, we were thrown into devastation and hit our knees in prayer.  We found very little to no help from the church universal for our specific situation, and our local church (as an organization) didn’t know how to help us, either. We were scrambling for a

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To The Mother of a Prodigal: You Are NOT a Bad Mom!

To The Mother of a Prodigal:  You Are NOT a Bad Mom!

If you are the mom of a prodigal child, you may feel like a failure.  You think you’ve somehow wasted these last umpteen years since your child was born.  But, you are NOT the worthless mother that you think you must be to have landed with a prodigal child. Your years weren’t a waste.  The hours of sweat, tears, and investment into your child’s life were definitely meaningful.  And, you will see the results of your efforts some day.  If you raised your prodigal in a Christian home, showing them the examples and Biblical teachings of living the Christian life,

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It’s in the “Trusting”

It’s in the “Trusting”

I know personally how hard it is to embrace a prodigal season.  When your child turns their back on the faith you exampled to them throughout their growing years, it is devastating.  Their betrayal of you and to God is so painful. The idea of embracing  this season seems sickening.  Your heart is broken.  I get it. How could God allow this to happen?  You may ask, “Why, Lord?” When faced with any hard season, trusting God is essential.  It’s especially hard when you fear for your child and all they will endure.  You fear the damage that will be

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The Hardest Seasons

The Hardest Seasons

I have a fairly long list of friends who are the topic of my prayers – and their prodigal (teen and adult) children.  Once you have a prodigal of your own, you identify with the emotional trauma others are going through.  It can be the most gut-wrenching of seasons! Several weeks ago, as I recovered from sickness after my first chemo treatment, God and I had a discussion about the true desires of my heart.  My previous plans for this blog were suddenly blurry and uncertain.  I knew God was up to something, so I asked Him, “How can I

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